By: Callie Douthit – August 5, 2016
I was stoked to see Suicide Squad. As a huge fan of the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn, I was so excited to finally see their crazy-ass relationship unfold on screen. Also, how could you not want to watch Jared Leto and Margot Robbie?
So, I saw it last night. And, it wasn’t everything I had hoped for. For length’s sake, I will outline my problems and praises with the film.
- If you knew little to nothing about the villains in Suicide Squad beforehand, you will walk away still not knowing much about their roots or origin stories. The movie spends probably 30 minutes in total in the beginning, briefly flashing to the villains being profiled, just enough so we can understand their main conflicts and powers. With the exception of Deadshot and Harley Quinn, the film does a poor job of connecting how the villains even got to the point of doing “good” for the government, going against everything they stand for as villains. Tip: read up on the origin stories of each squad member before if you want to fully-grasp who they are.
- A lot of gaps in plot and to me, unnecessary points. For example, why did they have Harley and the Joker texting? How the hell does Harley have service on her smuggled cell phone in a cell block hole like hers? I think Harley could have known the Joker’s intentions without a text message. To play off her desperation for the Joker, they should have shown more of Harley’s eagerness to find him…Then again, he does always have to “save” her. But STILL, Harley and the Joker wouldn’t text their plans like that. Come on.
- I didn’t like Jared Leto as the Joker. I don’t know if he just amped himself up way too much during production, but I was NOT impressed. Harley Quinn stole the scene in every instance with the Joker, which is not like the original story. The Joker was not true to the way he uses and abuses Harley Quinn. His relationship and treatment of her is why she is the way she is; they needed to make Jared/Joker more dominate in his scenes with her, and more disrespectful because that is true to their “Mad Love”. You can’t have Harley Quinn dominate scenes with the Joker—that completely destroys the authenticity of their relationship that evolved Harley Quinn. Better puddin, next time!
- Cara Delevingne cannot act to save her life (please understand how painful this is for me to say, because I love her). The theater was literally laughing during her scenes but not for the right reasons. She had NO chemistry with Flagg and their relationship was the cheesiest part of the whole entire movie.
- Overall, the movie was just very choppy in the way it was cut together. It seems a lot of the flashbacks were misplaced, and the fighting scenes were often too fast to even watch Harley Quinn smash the shit out of that weird thing’s head.
- Harley Quinn. She was the WHOLE entire movie. If it weren’t for Harley Quinn in this, the movie would not have been funny. To me, she was the main character in this movie, as she drove the entire plot with her actions and personality. Literally the Suicide Squad would not be a Squad without her. Her character was the most enjoyable in terms of comedy, bad assness, and originality. With the exception of Deadshot and El Diablo if a few moments of a few fight scenes, Harley Quinn was the coolest to watch in fighting scenes especially because of her signature bat and gun. By the end of the movie, it’s real clear that she’s the boss bitch of the Suicide Squad, and I would argue, the leader.
- Music was appropriate
- Viola Davis was badass, too.
- Deadshot and his relationship with his daughter was necessary. This was needed to humanize Deadshot and was a smart way to really show Deadshots inner-conflicts throughout the movie, facing good vs bad. Without his daughter and this relationship, Deadshot would be a story less and forgettable character like Captain Boomerang or Killer Croc or the villain that dies like 10 minutes into the movie.
I would just like to point out one thing. I have been hearing some articles and reviews knock the movie for “Using and Abusing” Harley Quinn so much in this movie that it’s offensive. Well, as you all now, I am the first one to call that sexist shit out. The reason why this is not a problem with the movie is because the using and abusing is CENTRAL to Harley Quinn as a person, story, and villain. Joker and Harley Quinn relationship IS exactly that. It’s not supposed to be healthy!!! Literally, their relationship stems from the comic “Mad Love”…enough said. The movie needed these characters and relationships to be authentic to the original story line. Harley Quinn would not be the mental, crazy, badass she is supposed to be as a villain if it weren’t for her relationship with the Joker. I’d rather have an authentic Harley Quinn then a typical female movie character that sleeps around–at least they stuck to her character’s history of truly loving the Joker in a weird fucked up way. After all, do you realize she wouldn’t even have her name if it weren’t for the Joker and their relationship? She wouldn’t exist.